Photo by Kat Sorensen/For the Clarion 
                                Bear Lake. Seward, Alaska.

Tangled Up in Blue: A Bear Lake Loop

All summer long, you can find rowers, kayakers and more on Bear Lake just outside of Seward. Somewhere hidden on the west side, there’s a… Continue reading

Photo by Kat Sorensen/For the Clarion 
                                Bear Lake. Seward, Alaska.

Sports briefs

Upcoming events Cross-country skiing: Homer’s ski team is scheduled to compete next in the Kardinal Klassic at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at Kenai Central… Continue reading

Homer skiers compete at Besh Cup Races

Two members of the Homer cross-country ski team represented this past weekend when the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club hosted the third and fourth races in… Continue reading

Homer hockey tops Kenai

When the Homer hockey team got to work, Kenai Central had a hard time stopping the Mariners. Homer notched a 7-0 Railbelt Conference victory over… Continue reading

Photo by Jamie Lyons 
                                A migrating dark-eyed junco in fall.

Refuge notebook: Wintering sparrows find their way to Kenai

A recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change highlighted some work by Dr. Kyle Horton and his colleagues, who figured out how to… Continue reading

Photo by Jamie Lyons 
                                A migrating dark-eyed junco in fall.

Hoops roundup: Peninsula Conference action

The Nikolaevsk and Ninilchik basketball teams split Peninsula Conference games Wednesday in Nikolaevsk. The Nikolaevsk girls topped Ninilchik 48-20, with Elizabeth Fefelov leading the way… Continue reading

Stars top Mariners on Homer senior night

Senior night nerves appeared to get the better of the Homer hockey team last week when facing the Soldotna Stars again this season. The Stars… Continue reading

Homer’s Alden Ross takes the puck down the ice under pressure from Colony High School’s Kaden Ketchum during a Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 hockey game at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer hockey splits weekend games against Colony, Houston

Homer’s hockey team split the second two games of its three-game weekend hosting teams from the Mat-Su Valley. The Mariners lost to Colony High School… Continue reading

Homer’s Alden Ross takes the puck down the ice under pressure from Colony High School’s Kaden Ketchum during a Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 hockey game at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer’s Hannah Hatfield passes the ball to teammate Kelli Bishop after a scramble on the floor for the ball during a Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 basketball game against Seward in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Girls basketball defeats Seahawks, boys fall short

The Lady Mariners basketball team claimed a victory over the Seward Seahawks on Saturday in Southcentral Conference action at Homer High School. After a close… Continue reading

Homer’s Hannah Hatfield passes the ball to teammate Kelli Bishop after a scramble on the floor for the ball during a Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 basketball game against Seward in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sports briefs

Upcoming events Cross-country skiing: Homer’s ski team is scheduled to compete next in the Kardinal Klassic at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at Kenai Central… Continue reading

Tangled Up in Blue: Heart’s Invisible Furies

I came up with a handful of good, meaningful New Year’s resolutions but by Jan. 2, I had failed most of them. My resolutions usually… Continue reading

Mariners best Palmer hockey team

Hungry to avenge their dramatic loss in overtime to Palmer in last year’s state championship game, members of the Homer hockey team were skating with… Continue reading

Anglers return in their boats to the Homer Harbor from Kachemak Bay at the end of the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament held Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Eagle River woman is first to win Winter King Salmon Tournament

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to note that in 1999 a woman won the Homer Elks Winter King Tournament. Eagle River resident Shayna… Continue reading

Anglers return in their boats to the Homer Harbor from Kachemak Bay at the end of the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament held Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Ninilchik, CIA split conference hoops games

It may be a cold night in January, but the Ninilchik boys and Cook Inlet Academy girls know that conference games count just the same.… Continue reading

Sports briefs

Upcoming events The Homer girls and boys basketball teams are hosting Meet the Mariners this weekend at Homer High School. Head out to watch the… Continue reading

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                                Permanent and seasonal staff from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge who helped estimate the Kenai brown bear population in 2010.

Refuge Notebook: Tales of a wildlife biologist

In 1975, as a freshman in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin, I was required to take a weekly no-credit orientation seminar during my… Continue reading

Photo provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge 
                                Permanent and seasonal staff from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge who helped estimate the Kenai brown bear population in 2010.

Out of the Office: From Florida to Alaska — A wild 40 years

Like true superheroes, every Alaskan has an origin story. The really cool origin story might involve being born a sixth-generation Alaskan from a sourdough ancestor… Continue reading

Mariner alums reunite in hockey game

In a game that had the spirit of a friendly evening of pond hockey, about 20 former Homer High School students came together last Friday… Continue reading

Peninsula skiers compete at Besh Cup

The first weekend of Besh Cup racing was held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21-22, at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. Besh Cup racing is used to… Continue reading

Sports briefs

Upcoming events Cross-country skiing: Homer’s ski team will compete in the Government Peak Nordic Ski Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10-11 at the Government… Continue reading